Tim Kaine explains his personal opposition to the death penalty.
Tim Kaine opposes the death penalty, describing his stance as a "moral position." He also represented death-row inmates as a defense lawyer, something his Republican opponent tried to use against him when Kaine ran for governor in Virginia.
"But I looked the voters of Virginia in the eye and said, 'Look, this is my religion. I'm not going to change my religious practice to get one vote. But I know how to take an oath and uphold the law. And if you elect me I will uphold the law,'" Kaine recalled Tuesday night as he discussed how his faith informed his public service.
After he was elected, Kaine still allowed death sentences to be carried out because it was state law. Eleven inmates were executed during his tenure from 2006 to 2010.